Jacob Simwero, a staff from the Terwilliger Center Shelter Venture Lab postures outside a model hut at Kenya Medical Research Institute


Are you passionate about the affordable housing sector and looking for a way to get involved with ShelterTech to help lift up housing solutions that radically improve the lives of low-income families?

ShelterTech accelerator sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the new cohort.

ShelterTech is expanding across sub-Saharan Africa, and it is accelerating disruptive solutions in the shelter space to improve housing livability and affordability for low-income families.

Launched at the Africa Housing Forum – the region’s primiere venue for collaboration and sharing of ideas, experiences and lessons on addressing housing ecosystem issues – ShelterTech accelerator sub-Saharan Africa aims to fast-track innovations from the private sector that provide scalable answers to today’s affordable housing challenges.

The program provides startups and scaleups with the connections, knowledge, visibility and capital they need to thrive and impact the lives of millions of people through housing solutions.

Who are we looking for?

Startups and scaleups must be based in countries located in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Be legally incorporated as a for-profit entity.
  • Have a minimum viable product.
  • Have meaningful customer or business validation.
  • Be committed to solve challenges to improve the livability and affordability of housing for low-income families.


With ShelterTech, we are most passionate about these sectors:

Core housing

Materials, Labor, Finance, Land and Markets

Allied services

Water and sanitation, and Energy

How will the accelerator support your growth journey?

ShelterTech startups become part of the world’s leading platform for affordable housing innovation, joining a thriving ecosystem at the forefront of today’s most pressing global shelter challenges, with unique offerings that include:

Tools you need to grow your venture; Testing/validation of business models; Connections with key sector players; Access to catalytic funds and investment

Learn more about Habitat’s Shelter Venture Fund.


Applications deadline June 9; Startups selected and notified July; Cohort announced August; Acceleration phase Sept - Nov; Ecosystem phase Dec 2022 - Jan 2023; Global phase Feb 2023

Industry partners

Hilti Foundation
The Dotson Family Fund
Autodesk Foundation
Keith V. Kiernan Foundation
J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation

Anchor partner

Still undecided?

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ShelterTech FAQ

Read some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Habitat’s ShelterTech platform and startup accelerators.

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Why ShelterTech?

ShelterTech is exceptionally positioned to disrupt a sector that is at the center of the sustainable development agenda: affordable housing. Our ambitious goal: make housing one of the top five impact investment categories by 2025. 

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